Solarice Wellness Spa closes its doors 

Prominent village spa at least the sixth Whistler business to close this year


Solarice Spa has officially closed its doors, joining a gamut of Whistler businesses that have had to close up shop this year.

And for Colleen Felgate, a yoga teacher who worked at the Solarice studio since the spa opened in 2003, it's a big loss for many Whistler residents who practice the popular spiritual discipline.

"It's where a lot of people began the yoga practice," she said. "As far as the yoga community is concerned, it's where locals knew they could always get a deal, and also based on location and ease of getting there... it was definitely highly rated."

Solarice had a sign on its door last week stating that a "laundry problem" was preventing the spa from being open until October 7. The spa left a similar message on its voicemail.

The Solarice location in Vancouver confirmed in a voicemail that both locations have closed their doors permanently.

Pique attempted to contact Solarice owners Dr. Lisa Skerritt and Dr. Amy Rein last week. Skerritt could not be reached for comment and Rein said in a voicemail that she would like to send a letter to the community about the closure.

Though she could not say why Solarice closed, Felgate said that the spa could often count on shoulder season business from Whistler residents, but even that could not keep the business open after the Olympics.

"In the offseason, every other business got very quiet," she said. "We would get busier, particularly in October or November.

"Definitely since the winter of the Olympics we took a hit and I think everybody did, but we were quiet for sure. And the Olympic week itself, I barely had a single soul in a yoga studio."

The closure of Solarice Wellness Spa brings to at least six the number of Whistler business to close in 2011. In spring, the Korean restaurant Celadon closed its doors.

June brought the closure of Rogers Video in Marketplace, as its lease came up and the corporation decided not to renew it.

July saw Please Mum children's clothing store shut. It was one of 68 closures that the chain carried out across Canada in the midst of applying for creditor protection.

Street to Peak Street Surf and Snow, a clothing store formerly located in the Upper Village, closed last month after operating in Whistler since 2007. Owner Hi Brooks is now a candidate for Whistler council.

2011 also brought about the apparent closure of Players Chophouse in Whistler. The Creekside restaurant has a note on its door saying that it is currently revamping its menu, but there is no indication as to whether or not it will open again. A receptionist at Players Chophouse in Vancouver said it is their understanding that the location will not open again but could not provide further comment.

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